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1 Study Abroad LEARNING OUTCOMES AND THE EFFECTS OF CULTURE MEREDITH DOWNES AND BARBARA RIBBENS ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY

2 Study Abroad Literature Black & Duhon, 2006 Peppas, 2005 Bond, Koont & Stephenson, 2005 Chieffo & Griffiths, 2004 Dwyer, 2004 Ingraham & Peterson, 2004 Orahood, Kruze & Pearson, 2004 Sutton & Rubin, 2004 Farrell & Suvedi, 2003 Gray, Murdock & Stebbins, 2002 Carlson, Burn, Useem & Yachimowicz, 1990 Relevant Conclusions Duration impacts learning outcomes Study abroad students outperform others Goals/expectations tend to mirror actual or perceived outcomes

3 Learning Outcomes and Culture Language Learning Intercultural Competence Disciplinary Knowledge Social Growth Learning Outcomes Culture Shock

4 Methods Population (Pilot - Spring 2013) Invitation to Participate Raffle Incentive https://survey.lilt.ilstu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=94236n41 Electronic Survey using “Select Survey” https://survey.lilt.ilstu.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n2215p6M

5 Sample Characteristics All US Nationals 2/3 Female 2/3 were 20 or 21 years old Majors International Business HR and Organizational Leadership Communications Criminal Justice/Psychology Political Science Legal Studies Spanish Spanish Teacher Education Elementary Education Apparel Design Host Countries Germany Taiwan England Spain Italy Argentina Australia

6 Culture-Related Items Most Favorable Responses Had meaningful social interactions with local people Gained insight into the culture of host country Enhanced understanding of host country’s culture Actively tried to learn more about local customs and traditions of host country Developed own perspective of host country Did not wish to escape from new environment Least Favorable Responses Subscribed to the religious and/or political beliefs of host country Missed family and friends back home

7 Learning Outcome-Related Items Most Favorable Responses Enhanced independence Enhanced self-reliance Increased ability to cope with unfamiliar situations Increased level of comfort with people different from myself More open-minded Increased curiosity about other cultures Least Favorable Responses Improved ability to speak a foreign language Improved academic performance Made me reconsider my career plans Helped to find professional direction

8 Student Comments Most Memorable Experience Travel/Visits/Exploring/Backpacking Bonding with locals Expectations Met Forming friendships Learning about the host country Deeper appreciation / deeper views Warm reception from family and friends upon return Expectations NOT Met Language ability Meaningful connection with host family Professor’s explanations (vagueness) Expected those at home to have changed as well Upon return, keeping in touch with friends met while abroad

9 Next Steps Literature Review Draw from expatriate research Methodology Survey revision Larger sample from multiple institutions Implications Why reinvent the wheel? Can expatriate research inform study abroad research? Can study abroad research inform expatriate research?

10 Contact Information Meredith Downes, Ph.D. Department of Management and Quantitative Methods Campus Box 5580 Illinois State University Normal, IL Tele: (309) Dept. Tele: (309) Fax: (309) Barbara Ribbens, Ph.D. Department of Management and Quantitative Methods Campus Box 5580 Illinois State University Normal, IL Tele: (309) Dept. Tele: (309) Fax: (309)


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